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Oct 242017

Adam QCongratulations to Adam Quintanilla, who successfully defended his dissertation on September 25th! His dissertation, “Fundamentals of Particulate-Filled Polymer Composite via Continuous Liquid Interface Production,” focused on the effect of heterogenous phases (solid or liquid) within photocurable resin for the CLIP process. Quintanilla’s work used mechanical, thermal, and kinetic techniques to investigate the effect of fillers on liquid deadzone formation and thickness, the location and distribution of filler within 3D printed objects, and the potential for formulating printable rubber-toughened thermosets. This effort provides the groundwork for enabling polymer composites fabrication directly using CLIP.

Quintanilla’s career aspirations include pursuing a process engineering or project leadership/management role within a chemical engineering industry.

 October 24, 2017
Oct 232017

Cameron_BloomquistCongratulations to Cameron Bloomquist, who successfully defended his dissertation on September 28th! Bloomquist’s dissertation, “Continuous Liquid Interface Production of Medical Devices for Drug Delivery and Cancer Therapy,” explored how small molecule drug release can be controlled through design and formulation parameters such as device geometry, crosslink density, and polymer network composition. This work also characterized the clinical suitability of CLIP devices, including analysis of drug stability to the CLIP process and biocompatibility of the resulting part. These lessons were applied to the development of a drug-eluting implantable device for reducing the incidence of tumor recurrence following surgical resection.

In his career, Bloomquist is seeking to apply his research and leadership experience towards industry roles focused on biomaterials development and drug delivery.

 October 23, 2017
Sep 152017

DeSimone_Heinz_PhotoCongratulations to Professor DeSimone, who has been named the winner of the 22nd Heinz Award in the Technology, Economy, and Employment category! The honor recognizes DeSimone’s achievements and leadership in multiple fields, including green chemistry, nanomedicine, and 3D printing. “By pursuing research paths at the interface of diverse disciplines, my students, coworkers and I have developed new technologies that, over time, have influenced areas including manufacturing and medicine,” DeSimone said. “This award is a testament not just to our discoveries, but to our approach to research—bringing together people with diverse backgrounds and expertise to solve difficult scientific challenges, ultimately to create a positive impact in the world.”

Read UNC’s feature story

Read The Heinz Foundation’s features here & here

Read WRAL’s article by Rick Smith

Read The News & Observer’s article by Jane Stancill

 September 15, 2017
Jan 302017
2017 GAA Faculty Service Award recipients, Prof. DeSimone (left) and Dean of UNC's School of Government, Michael Smith. (Photo by Ray Black III)

2017 GAA Faculty Service Award recipients, Prof. DeSimone (left) and Dean of UNC’s School of Government, Michael Smith. (Photo by Ray Black III)

Congratulations to Prof. DeSimone, who was presented this month with one of two 2017 Faculty Service Awards from the UNC General Alumni Association (GAA). Established in 1990, the award recognizes outstanding service by members of the faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to either the University or the GAA. Michael Smith, Dean of the UNC School of Government, was the other recipient this year.

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 January 30, 2017